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Rickson Gracie’s lifesaving advice

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One time, Rickson Gracie met the journalist Luca Atalla in Rio de Janeiro, and they began talking about injuries, pain and recovery. "There are certain phases in life where our number-one sport becomes physical therapy," Rickson joked. After a few laughs, Rickson went back to talking seriously and offered a crucial lesson that Luca has carried for the past 20 years:

"What's important is to face injury as a limiting factor, but never as an excuse to hang out on the couch. It's necessary to spare the injured area, but you must exercise the other parts of the body, even if just the pinky toe."

This wise advice, as well as essential to the evolution of those who practice BJJ, is proving important nowadays to the health of the population, and can even save lives. 

In a recent study published in Sports Medicine, a science magazine, researchers proved that regular physical activity, of medium and high intensity, helps the body produce more important antibodies and lymphocytes -- including the ones that play a relevant role in the protection against the coronavirus. 

The group of scientists responsible for the study ran tests with people with the flu, pneumonia and chickenpox, and noticed that the sedentary subjects produced 50% fewer antibodies. 

In the study, conducted by a team of professors from American universities, more was learned: The risk of getting sick or dying from an infectious disease is 37% smaller in people who exercise around 30 minutes per day, five days a week. 

Christina May Moran de Brito, physiatrist and medical coordinator of the rehabilitation service of the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital in São Paulo, commented on the study in Brazilian newspapers. "People who exercise have a bigger reserve of muscles to lose, and that avoids overloading the immune system," she said.

Want to take better care of your body? Good nutrition, hydration, peace of mind and information are the best ways. But first you have to get away from that laziness and the couch's strong magnetic field. Stay healthy, and enjoy your training.

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rickmountain000 Avatar
rickmountain000 commented:

I am older and trying to find the right exercise regime schedule. I have been alternating Jui Jitsu with weights and hiking. My energy has been very low lately and my shoulder is injured. I will have to take a few days off. I might not be able to exercise every day as I used to. Rolling is out for about a week.

June 10, 2021 08:39 PM
MCGRAV Avatar
MCGRAV replied:

It sucks getting old

June 14, 2021 06:04 PM
rickmountain000 Avatar
rickmountain000 replied:

Thank you

June 25, 2021 08:01 PM
rickmountain000 Avatar
rickmountain000 replied:

I have to avoid getting flattened at all costs

July 27, 2021 08:45 PM
SB_SM_SS Avatar
SB_SM_SS commented:

🙏!

June 09, 2021 09:38 PM
fabio Avatar
fabio replied:

Amazing! Thank you!

June 10, 2021 10:58 AM
Fabiano Avatar
Fabiano replied:

Eu gostaria de assistir uma única aula por favor

June 10, 2021 12:44 PM
clicioduartefilho Avatar
clicioduartefilho replied:

Gostaria de ver esse video de como se defender de um maluco oss

June 23, 2021 04:14 PM